The Martin B-26 Marauder was a medium bomber from World War 2 that was used extensively by Allied forces in raids over Europe including during the June 6th 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. Over 5,000 were produced between 1941 and 1945 (operated by USA, France – Free French, UK and South Africa) and the last B-26 was retired from USAAF service in 1947. Despite having the lowest loss rate of any USAAF aircraft in the war only 3 complete airframes exist on display today (1 in France and 2 in the USA – Fantasy of Flight and the National Museum of the US Air Force), with an additional one in the Smithsonian – National Air and Space Museum (“Flak Bait“) that is currently only displayed as a nose section but they have the rest of the aircraft in storage. There are also an additional 3 under restoration in the USA.
The surviving airframe in France is B-26G “Dinah Might“ that is on display at the Utah Beach Museum near Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont (one of the famous landing sites for the D-Day invasion of Normandy). This airframe was on display at the Le Bourget Air & Space Museum in Paris but was relocated in 2010 to a purpose-built display hall at Utah Beach. This particular model did not fly over Normandy but is painted up to represent the 386th Bomb Group – 9th USAAF. I paid a visit to the Utah Beach Museum on May 31st 2012 and I have to say it is one of the best in the region and the B-26 is beautifully restored.